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Riverwest: A Community History
by Mr. Thomas L. Tolan III (Tom) '71
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Past Press; 2003; 210 pp.
Genre: Non-fiction
Category: History
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Filled with black-and-white photographs of past and present neighborhood residents and thoughtful, extensively researched text about the changing community, this book explores the history of a Milwaukee neighborhood from 1830 to the present. Tolan examines the efforts of a succession of ethnic and social groups—German aristocrats, Polish immigrants, African Americans, Puerto Ricans and other Latinos, the 1960s counterculture—to create communities in the Riverwest neighborhood. While the book is a documentation of neighborhood life, it also addresses the larger themes of modern America: immigration, racial integration and the life cycle of urban decay and renewal.